June 24, 1989 |
President Christos Sartzetakis called caretaker Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou, who is hospitalized with pneumonia, Friday and offered him a mandate to form a government after the conservative party failed to induce a Communist-led grouping into joining a coalition. Conservative leader Constantine Mitsotakis, who received the mandate Tuesday, said the Coalition of Left and Progress had rejected an offer of more than they had asked for, including the Ministries of Justice and the Interior.
January 23, 1987 |
Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou told Parliament today that Greece will not leave NATO and that he plans to renegotiate the presence of U.S. military bases in Greece. During a debate on national defense, Greece's Socialist prime minister said, "We are not pulling out of NATO for reasons of national security and because with such a move, war with Turkey might become inevitable, and not because we believe in a future clash between East and West."
June 17, 1989 |
The Bush Administration would dearly like to see Greece's Socialist government voted out of office this Sunday--but it's afraid to say so out loud. "I shouldn't be telling you this," a State Department official said, assuming a furtive look and dropping his voice--"but we'd love to see Papandreou go." Greek Prime Minister Andreas Papandreou has been a thorn in Washington's side ever since he was first elected eight years ago. He has campaigned against Greece's membership in NATO, frequently charged U.S. interference in Greek affairs and promised to deprive the United States of its military bases in his country--without ever quite following through.
September 29, 1989 |
Drama in a historic vote of censure in the small hours of the morning. Pathos at a funeral in the afternoon rain. Such were the political signposts Thursday in a country on hold. Greece, the divided and unstable kin of a united and powerful Europe, is adrift, searching for a new course. An improbable government of conservatives and Communists, formed after no-winner June elections, announced Thursday that, as planned, it will resign next week to clear the way for new elections Nov. 5.
July 2, 1989 |
Conservative Greek Prime Minister-designate Tzannis Tzannetakis, a compromise choice in an unprecedented Communist-rightist agreement, began forming a new government Saturday dedicated to prosecuting outgoing socialist ministers. Tzannetakis, 62, was asked by President Christos Sartzetakis to form a Cabinet after a Communist alliance and the conservative New Democracy Party agreed to join forces and support a short-term "cleanup" government. The government will be announced and sworn in today.
November 17, 1990 |
Poised uncomfortably between touchy Arab neighbors and new-found friends in Washington, the young conservative government of Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis is turning a cautious new page in Greece's confrontation with terrorism. Mitsotakis, who has personal loathing for terrorists, has ordered a trial in Athens for Mohammed Rashid, a 40-year-old jailed Palestinian accused of the 1982 in-flight bombing of an American jetliner over the Pacific.